Theology

Theology

Books

Religion and the Civil War

Essential books

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Reli­gious History of the American Civil War, by George C. Rable.

Books

Religion and the nation’s founders

Essential books

Faith of the Founders: Religion and the New Nation 1776–1826, by Edwin S. Gaustad. This is the best short, accessible, single-volume treatment of the religious lives, intellectual pathways and church-state politics of the pre­eminent founders of the United States—Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Washington and Franklin.

Books

Evangelism

Essential books

The Rise of Christianity: How the Ob­scure, Marginal Jesus Movement Be­came the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, by Rod­ney Stark. Joining sociology and history, Stark contributes much new insight to the amazing rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire—and he reaches some surprising conclusions.

Books

Constructing Jesus, by Dale C. Allison Jr.

Two years ago, after Dale Allison published a short book on historical Jesus studies that seemed to question the legitimacy of the enterprise, Scot McKnight, a prominent Jesus scholar, declared that the book had convinced him to abandon the discipline altogether.